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Scholars have long studied classical Sanskrit culture in almost total isolation from its courtly context. This book focuses exclusively on the royal court as a social and cultural institution. Using both literary and inscriptional sources, it begins with the rise and spread of royal households and political hierarchies from the Gupta period (c.350-750), and traces the emergence of a coherent courtly worldview which would remain stable for almost a millennium to 1200. Later chapters examine key features of courtly life such as: manners, ethics, concepts of personal beauty, and theories of disposition. The book ends with a sustained examination of the theory and practice of erotic love in the context of the wider social dynamics and anxieties which faced the people of the court.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521816274
ISBN-10: 0521816270
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 318
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Daud Ali

Daud Ali is a Lecturer in the History Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.